Thursday, July 27, 2023



In my house over the years my family has got used to hearing me say that people don't dislike particular veggies, they dislike how they are cooked!! A case in point is my husband's old dislike for beetroot. He used to hate beetroots years ago but now eats them quite cheerfully! 

I must mention that beetroot is really good for health as detailed in this article,  " The Benefits of Beets" in the Mayo Clinic website.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with the good-for-health beetroots, such as:-

Today's easy to make recipe is from my Home State of Karnataka. It is called "Beetroot Sasive" and is popular in the coastal areas of the state. This dish was on the menu in most of our visits to our old hometown. This is usually served as an accompaniment with hot steamed rice.

This dish does not call for the use of onion or garlic so can be made as a Satvik dish on days when you don't want to use onion or garlic. 

Do try this out for yourself and let me know what you thought of it. 


  • Beetroots, 350-400 gms  
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp 
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1 cup
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Byadgi Red Chillies, 4
  • Salt, to taste
For Seasoning:
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli, 1 ( broken into halves) 
  • Curry Leaves, 1 sprig
  • Coconut Oil, 2 tsp 

Wash the beetroots thoroughly. Snip off the crown
Peel and grate the beetroots

Take the grated beetroot in a thick bottomed kadhai, add  1 cup of water, turmeric powder and salt
Mix well  and cook covered on medium heat  till it gets done. Take care that it does not get overcooked as beetroot tends to get cooked fast.

In a mixer jar, grind together the coconut gratings, Byadgi red chillies and mustard seeds to a smooth paste adding just the required amount of water
Add the freshly ground masala to the cooked beetroot, mix well and bring to a boil
Check for salt and add only if required

Heat coconut oil in a small pan and on medium heat add the mustard seeds, when they splutter add the broken red chilli and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds
Pour this seasoning on to the Beetroot Sasive

Transfer to a serving bowl
Serve the Beetroot Sasive along with hot steamed rice


If you have liked this recipe, I would appreciate your leaving a comment. Thank you !